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Senior Academic Advising Specialist
(UCP VIII Program Director)
Enrichment Programs
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Under the general direction of the Executive Director for Enrichment Programs and the Assistant Vice Provost for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Senior Academic Advising Specialist provides administrative direction for undergraduate academic and pre-professional advising. The Senior Academic Advising Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day administration and delivery of pre-professional program content and will act independently within the goals and objectives of the program and the guidelines established by the supervisor. Key areas of responsibility will include: collaborating with faculty and staff advisors in all schools and colleges; coordinating university-wide probation, dismissal, and student outreach processes; contributing to efforts that improve student success through data driven insights; supporting development of an advising assessment plan; planning and managing professional development and training programs for the university advising community; coordinating the health professions composite letter process; and designing and implementing pre-professional advising pathways using available technologies.  In addition to pre-professional program responsibilities, the Senior Academic Advising Specialist will also assist in the support of Nexus (university advising database application) and related student success initiatives to increase the coherence of advising across the university.

The Senior Academic Advising Specialist will:

  1. Assist in designing and implementing pre-professional advising pathways to guide students through academic and co-curricular experiences that support their preparation for professional school (law or medical/dental/physician assistant).
  2. Make strategic use of available technologies and systems to support the implementation of pre-professional advising pathways and their use by students and pre-professional advisors.
  3. Select, train, supervise, and evaluate professional, classified, and student staff, either directly or through appropriate supervisors. Recommend staffing needs; determine work assignments and work schedules to most effectively meet program needs; resolve personnel problems and review personnel actions to ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements and with University, state, and funding agency regulations.
  4. Improve communications, marketing, and outreach to pre-professional student populations.
  5. Coordinate, assess, and improve the health professions composite letter preparation process.
  6. Liaise regularly with faculty partners in pre-professional advising to develop strategic partnerships and enhance support for pre-professional students throughout the university.
  7. Provide academic advising and guidance to undergraduate students.
  8. Monitor student progress, maintain university-wide records, and document central advising information.
  9. Assist in the support of Nexus (university advising database application) and related student success initiatives to increase the coherence of advising across the university.
  10. Coordinate centralized university-wide probation and dismissal program and processes.
  11. Provide research-informed and best practice policy insights related to undergraduate advising at a Research One university.
  12. Convene university advising council and work collaboratively to ensure that university requirements and school/college requirements are visible, aligned, transparent, and consistent.
  13. Design and implement assessment plans related to university-wide advising initiatives.
  14. Participate in regular meetings with the Director of Data Base Systems and Solutions and key partners from Enrollment Management and Information Technology Services to synthesize Nexus insights and develop actionable pilot initiatives.
  15. Design, implement, and assess professional development and training programs for faculty and staff advisors, including the annual August Advising Conference.
  16. Coordinate annual university advising awards process.
  17. Serve on university committees as appropriate.
  18. Perform related duties as required.

    Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

    1. Bachelor’s degree and four or more years of relevant experience or Master’s degree and at least two years of relevant experience.
    2. Thorough knowledge of and demonstrated competence in the practice of undergraduate academic advising, and ability to resolve complex program problems.
    3. Excellent administrative and organizational skills, including ability to identify and resolve complex administrative problems.
    4. Ability to develop and evaluate professional development and training workshops for the university advising community.
    5. Ability to successfully advise undergraduate students and to interpret educational records and data related to student academic performance and progress.
    6. Knowledge of advising practices for pre-professional health and/or law students.
    7. Demonstrated ability to create systems and processes to enhance the efficiency of advising service delivery.
    8. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators as well as external constituents and the public.
    9. Ability to supervise professional staff as needed.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1. D. or Ph.D. in related academic discipline.
    2. Professional work experience at a large research university.
    3. Demonstrated experience advising undergraduate students in a professional capacity.
    4. Experience with peer learning and mentoring models.
    5. Experience in program and/or project assessment.
    6. Experience in large-scale program implementation and/or support.
    7. Skills in survey design and data analysis.
    8. Evidence of creative use of resources to solve organizational challenges.

    Appointment Terms: This is a permanent fulltime position. Salary will commensurate with education and experience.

    To Apply:

    For full consideration, upload a letter of application, a resume, and a list of 3 professional references with full contact information via  Please note that references will not be contacted until later in the search process after discussion with applicants. Include search number on all correspondence. Search #2020277. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

    This job posting is scheduled to close on 12/20/19 at 11:59 p.m.

    The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.


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